Little is known about Bobbi Kristina’s childhood. Whitney kept her daughter close, far away from the intrusive eyes of the press. The singer would even bring Bobbi Kristina along on tour whenever she could.
Her parents were busy, and although life on the road was glamorous, it wasn’t easy with crazy touring schedules and long hours. Bobbi Kristina witnessed first-hand the darker side of show business and the toll it took on her parents. Both Whitney and Bobby began struggling with destructive habits around this time, and their daughter witnessed everything.
Negative Reactions to the Bodyguard
Despite the overall positive reviews for her role in "The Bodyguard, Whitney was nominated for a Worst Actress Razzie. Many critics pointed out that she and co-star Kevin Costner had no chemistry.
The Washington Post said Whitney had essentially appeared in the movie as herself but emerged "largely unscathed" in spite of it. Despite mixed reviews, the film was a huge box office success, grossing over $121 million in the United States and $410 million worldwide. It was one of the top 100-grossing movies in history at its release.
She Becomes a Mother
Whitney Houston and her husband, Bobby Brown, welcomed their first and only child together, a daughter named Bobbi Kristina, in March 1993. Bobbi Kristina had three half-siblings from her father’s previous relationship.
The couple was the picture of happiness, with a beaming Whitney sharing how nothing was more incredible than giving birth to her daughter. She told Rolling Stone that holding her in her arms was the "pinnacle," superior to anything she had experienced before — including performing in front of a million people.
The Bodyguard World Tour
Following the album’s success, Whitney embarked on another extensive global tour (the Bodyguard World Tour) in 1993–94. She was named one of the top five "entertainers of the year" by Entertainment Weekly and was named one of the 100 most powerful people in Hollywood by Premiere Magazine.
According to Forbes, her concert, recording, and film earnings made her the third highest-earning female entertainer that year, after entertainment mogul Oprah Winfrey and singer Barbra Streisand.
She Meets Nelson Mandela
In October 1994, she attended and performed at a White House state dinner in honor of newly-elected South African President Nelson Mandela. She also performed three benefit concerts in South Africa at the end of her world tour, performing in front of over 200,000 people.
Proceeds went to several charities in the country. Whitney was the first big name in music to visit apartheid-free South Africa following Nelson Mandela's election victory. Some parts of the concert were broadcast live on HBO and dubbed the biggest media event in the country since Nelson Mandela's inauguration.